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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Evolution Garden Nocturne in 360 panorama

Last night, I met up with Wee aka etegration, for another round of 360 panorama nocturne. We got to Singapore Botanic Garden's Evolution Garden. A nice quiet and dark place that's ideal for light-painting. Here's one of the 360-pano we did. Click on the image title to view the VR format.


In the 360-pano virtual reality view, you will see these colorful circular mushroom-like stones. These are called Stromatolites.

What are Stromatolites? Make the jump to find out more.

Stromatolites are layered accretionary structures formed in shallow water by the trapping, binding and cementation of sedimentary grains by biofilms of microorganisms, especially cyanobacteria (commonly known as blue-green algae). They include some of the most ancient records of life on Earth.

On the opposite side is a man-made volcano rock structure, which I light-painted yellow color on the peak and red color for the rest of the structure. I lighted up the ground and some of the surrounding trees, to create some illuminations and to show some shadow details, rather than just pitch darkness.

Up to this day, I still not satisfied with the results on the stromatolites, even I have used a DIY metal snoot for the search-light head. Well, I will certainly go back there again to make the perfect nocturne I wanted.

Meantime, enjoy the 360-pano view and have a great week ahead.